The Centre for metals and energetics

The Centre for metals and energetics - Activities

  • Controlling and testing by non-destructive and destructive methods:
    • Controlling, testing and analysis of the condition of metals and metal products, welding technology of metal materials
    • Controlling and testing of mechanical equipment (hydroelectric power plants, thermoelectric power plants, surface mines…)
  • Calibration of devices (measuring devices for mechanical quantities)
  • Expertise of machine equipment breakages
  • Consulting services
Since its establishment, The Centre for metals and energetics of the IMS Institute has been present at most of the energy capital facilities (thermal and hydroelectric power plants, mining facilities – surface mines, shipyards and refineries), process plants and supporting steel structures. The centre also works on research projects and studies, provides consulting services and performs tests on basic materials and welded joints. Development projects and professional services include a wide range of research into components and equipment for the maintenance, reconstruction and revitalization of energy, process and other facilities, such as: examination and analysis of the condition of metals and metal products, production control and control-testing of mechanical equipment using methods with and without destruction, expert analysis of the causes of damage, failures and breakages, supervision of the construction of gas pipelines, calibration of devices of mechanical sizes, engineering and consulting services.

Non-destructive testing methods


Non-destructive testing methods include visual testing, magnetic particle testing, penetrant testing, ultrasonic testing, radiographic testing, hardness measurement, and microstructure testing using replicas of base material and welds.


Destructive testing methods


Destructive testing methods include chemical composition analyzes (G-V, XRF), tensile testing (Re, Rm, A, Z) – static and dynamic, at room and elevated temperature, in the range up to 1000 kN, impact energy determination – Charpy toughness ( KV, KU), at room and reduced temperature, hardness testing (HB, HV, mHV, HRB, HRC), metallographic tests and technological tests – twisting, bending, twisting and shearing.

The Centre for metals and energetics, through the implementation of destructive tests, participates in the certification of concrete steel according to current regulations.


Hydro and thermo-energy plants and surface mines


Professional teams of the IMS Institute are permanently involved in the maintenance work of hydroelectric power plants, through control, testing, condition analysis and assessment of the remaining service life of equipment (turbines, pipelines, hydromechanical equipment: shutters, doors, servomotors…), preparation of technical conditions, production control and acceptance of mechanical and hydromechanical equipment and development of repair technologies for equipment damage.

The Centre for metals and energetics, in cooperation with other organizational units of the IMS Institute, participates in controlling, examining, analyzing the condition and evaluating the remaining service life of equipment at thermal power plants (turbine equipment, steam pipelines, boiler plant parts, mills, transport devices…).

At surface mines, the centre carries out testing, analysis of the condition and life assessment of rotary and Ash excavator equipment, development of plans and programs for preventive maintenance of excavators, development of repair technology for damage to excavators and testing of steel ropes for excavators.


Steel structures and welding


The Centre for metals and energetics carries out testing, condition analysis and lifetime assessment of steel structures of bridges, sports and production halls, transmission lines, antenna poles.

Organizational units:
Department for equipment control and mechanical technological tests
Laboratory for testing metals
Testing services are performed by an accredited Laboratory for testing metals. The high expertise of the employees, good equipment and good laboratory practice form the basis of a professional approach that achieves a good relationship with users of laboratory testing services.
Metrological laboratory for mechanical quantities
Calibration services are performed by the Metrological laboratory for mechanical quantities. The laboratory is equipped with modern measuring equipment:
Forces – Force measuring devices – machines for testing the mechanical properties of materials; measuring force transducers – total range from 2N to 5 MN,
Moment of the force 10Nm-2000 Nm,
Impact energies – Charpy pendulum 0-300 J,
Hardness of metal
Control body and Certification of persons directly participate in the work of the Center for Metals and Energy